The board members of the National Association of Evangelicals announced today that they unanimously accepted the Rev. Ted Haggard’s resignation as the organization’s president, amid allegations that he hired a man for prostitution.
“In response to Rev. Haggard’s admission yesterday to church leaders in Colorado that there were some indiscretions, the eleven-member Executive Committee met today via teleconference and unanimously accepted his resignation with regret,” the NAE wrote in a press release. “Due to the seriousness of Rev Haggard’s misconduct while in the leadership roles he held, we anticipate that an extended period of recovery will be appropriate.”
Haggard, who also stepped-down from his pastoral role from the 14,000-member New Life Church, resigned from the NAE yesterday following allegations that he had hired a male prostitute and taken methamphetamine. Earlier today, Haggard admitted to having purchased methamphetamine but denied allegations of using drugs or engaging in sexual misconduct. more >>
The National Association of Evangelicals began its semi-annual General Council meeting Thursday in Dallas, Texas, with a long list of social and ecumenical topics to discuss from an “evangelical perspective.”
According to Kyle Fisk, Executive Administrator of the NAE, the board members will vote on resolutions concerned with the next generation of Evangelical leaders, mainline denominations, the issue of immigration, and military religious freedom.
The wide-ranging list of topics is consistent with the alliance’s recent focus on holistic mission. Last year, the group, which represents 30 million evangelicals in the nation, released a landmark document calling for greater “political and social action” among its members. The “For the Health of the Nation” document touched on issues involving religious freedom, poverty, war, the sanctity of human life, gay marriages, and “creation care.” more >>
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Evangelicals held a power-packed student leadership conference this week to help get the next evangelical generation to make a difference in the world.
"I watched and read and did nothing," said Patrick Schmidt, a senior at Georgetown University and leader of STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur), as he described his initial encounters with the genocide in Darfur. These are the utterances of many other students in the younger generation - a generation that the NAE wants to raise in leadership.
Some 120 seminary and college students took in an earful of faith and politics, and global and national issues that they had been little educated on at the 50th Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference. more >>
Following a 50-year tradition of inspiring young Christian evangelicals to enter the political and public service arena, the National Association of Evangelicals are hosting some 120 seminary and college students in Washington for a weeklong conference packed with seminars, visits to the White House and Capitol Hill, meetings with congressmen, and debates on faith and politics.
“What we are attempting to do is to educate the next evangelical generation of leaders on their public policy priorities and to help make careers in public policy and federal service a possibility for them,” said Richard Cizik, vice president of NAE’s governmental affairs division, who headed the annual Student Leadership Conference for 25 years.
The NAE Student Leadership Conference began in 1956 and has since helped hundreds of young evangelical students connect with people and opportunities in Washington. Past Alumni from the program include Clyde Taylor, Jr., Foreign Service Officer and Retired Ambassador; Senator Dan Coats, (R-Ind.), retired Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany; and Ronald Leighton, a Federal District Court Judge. more >>
A cross-section of evangelicals increasingly embraces the need for a transfer of leadership to the next generation, as well as a larger role in society and government.
The National Association of Evangelicals, with its two million younger members, have coupled the two interests together in one week of intense training in biblical and political worldview.
The nation's evangelical network will host the 50th Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference for college student leaders in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 16-20. more >>
Evangelicalism in America has been the subject of numerous discussions, debates and studies over the past few decades, as the landscape of American Christianity rapidly changed. While many mainline and historic denominations suffered from membership loss and financial downfalls, evangelical churches continued on a steady upward trend of growth in membership, power and influence. This year, the evangelical movement came into the spotlight, largely for its unquestionable influence on the 2004 election results.
The following is the full text of a Dec. 2 interview with Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Prayer Center. Haggard is also the founder and senior pastor of New Life Church – one of the largest evangelical churches in America and the largest church in Colorado.
What do you believe was the largest milestone for evangelicals in 2004? more >>